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Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

April 12, 2010 |  6:00 am

We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must be fewer than 75 words and must be for one-time events with legitimate value to other readers. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please. L.A. at Home staff will determine which submissions will be made public, but we won't edit the comments.

Tuesday: Architecture lecture: Joshua Stein of Radicalcraft lectures in the “Locals Only” progressive architecture series. 6:30 p.m. Woodbury University School of Architecture, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. Free.

Tuesday: The Gamble House, one of  Pasadena's most sublime examples of Arts and Crafts architecture, is launching  "Brown Bag Tuesdays," a weekly lunch-hour program designed to take advantage of the warmer weather. Visitors are invited to bring their lunch and picnic on the rear lawn or terrace between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Oct. 23. Two 20-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m., at a cost of $5. The Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Thursday: A Richard Neutra-designed home in the gated community of Rolling Hills is among the three homes featured on this year’s Homes Tour Extraordinaire. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 on tour days; includes an al fresco luncheon at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Tickets may be ordered at www.pvartcenter.org or by calling (310) 541-2479.

Thursday: Horticulturist Mike Brown, shown above, leads an illustrated lecture and demonstration on how to grow plants in pots. Brown will cover choosing the right container, soil and watering requirements, when and how to transplant, and how to revive a root-bound plant. Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Thursday: The panel discussion “Blade Runner: Designing the Future” explores the groundbreaking themes and visual design of Ridley Scott's 1982 science-fiction classic. Held in conjunction with the auction of  20th century decorative arts, which will include lots related to the film.  Lecture, 7:30 p.m. preceded by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. $25. Reservations required: (323) 436-5445. Auction preview noon to 5 p.m. April 16-18; auction is 10 a.m. April 20. Bonhams & Butterfields, 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Thursday: Noted architect and historian Alan Hess will discuss “Forgotten Modern in Claremont: Millard Sheets, Foster Rhodes Jackson and Ed Stone.” 6:30 to 9 p.m. $10 includes viewing of “Claremont Modernism” exhibition. Objct Gallery, 536 W. 1st St., Claremont. Reservations required: (909) 621-0125.

Friday: Dry Garden columnist Emily Green talks about the cost to the West of sustaining the gardens of Los Angeles at G2 Gallery in Venice. The talk is free. 7.30 p.m. 1503 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice. (310) 452-2842.

Saturday: The Pasadena Garden Club’s show will interpret this year’s theme of “Beautiful Science: Observation and Perception.” Judged entries will include flower arrangements, photography, botanical jewelry and needle crafts, each with a thematic link to rare materials in the Huntington’s Dibner Hall for the History of Science. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also, at 11 a.m. Saturday, science educator Sandra Henderson will give a free talk about Project BudBurst, a national field campaign to collect data about plant activity from “citizen scientists” across the country. Friends’ Hall, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. (626) 405-2100.

Saturday: The 98th annual Standard Flower Show, Garden Tour and Uncommon Plant Sale  hosted by the Redlands Horticultural & Improvement Society. Plants will feature cut flowers, floral arrangements plus exhibits and a plant sale. 2 to 6 p.m. Also Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  ESRI campus, 380 New York St., Redlands. (909) 798-1016.

Saturday: More than 100 artists and designers will participate in this year's Brewery ArtWalk. The biannual open-studio weekend will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Brewery Art complex, 2100 N. Main St., downtown Los Angeles. Free.

Saturday: The South Coast chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents its 16th annual Spring Garden Tour featuring two gardens in Rolling Hills Estates. 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. $20 to $25. Reservations: (310) 629-0500.

Saturday: Descanso Gardens’ Earth Day celebration will feature a butterfly area from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the main lawn. Displays will explain compost tea, organic gardening and seed preservation. The L.A. Puppet Guild will perform, and a barbecue will feature local organic foods. 9 a.m. to  5 p.m. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. (818) 949 4200.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Paul Tigue

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